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Smurfit-Stone scales back


August 4, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Following in Abitibi’s footsteps, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has confirmed plans to close production capac…

Following in Abitibi’s footsteps, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has confirmed plans to close production capacity at three of its North American containerboard mills.

The closure of PM2 at its Fernandina Beach, FL linerboard mill, and the full closures of its New Richmond, QC linerboard mill and its Bathurt, NB medium mill will slash the company’s overall containerboard manufacturing capacity by roughly 700,000 tonnes. Approximately 565 people will lose their jobs as a result.

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The Communications Energy and Paperworker’s Union has lashed back, labelling the closures, "irresponsible and needless."

According to Max Michaud, atlantic vice-president of the union has pledged to discuss alternative measures to the closures with senior Smurfit-Stone managers.


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